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NOT SO ROSIE DEVELOPMENT

It's going to take more than a koosh ball to get Rosie O'Donnell out of this mess. The publisher behind Rosie magazine is filing a $100 million lawsuit against the former talk-show host for abruptly pulling out of their business partnership last month. In court papers, Gruner + Jahr says that O'Donnell's exit will cost them "in excess of $100 million dollars in damages." O'Donnell reportedly plans to counter-sue. read more

CUSTODY COMPROMISE

Word has it that Tommy Lee and Pamela Anderson are thisclose to an agreement on custody of their two sons. Anderson filed a petition last year seeking full custody of sons Brandon, 6, and Dylan, 4. She claimed Lee was a bad role model and presented a danger to the kids "particularly when he is using alcohol." He insisted that he's been sober for two years. read more

SNOOP SNIPPED

A scene in NBC's upcoming A Very Merry Muppet Christmas Movie featuring rapper Snoop Dogg has been left on the cutting room floor, the New York Post reports. But producers insist it was time constraints — not Snoop's porn ties — that forced the edit. read more

EMERIL EXPECTING

His NBC sitcom may've fallen flatter than a cheap soufflé, but Emeril's essence still is potent. The 42-year-old Food Network chef and wife Alden Lagasse, 35, say they are expecting their first child. Their little bun's due to come outta the oven in March 2003. read more

Katie Holmes on Shagging Dawson!


The likely final season of Dawson's Creek gets underway tonight with a special two-hour episode that finds one of the show's longest story arcs — the love saga of Dawson and Joey — coming full circle. Finally, after six years of foreplay, the angst-ridden duo finally get it on.

But for Joey's portrayer, Katie Holmes, the long-awaited tryst didn't get her all hot and bothered. "It was like kissing your brother!" she laughs of co-star James Van Der Beek, adding, "I love when Dawson and Joey are together; it's fun to play. They have this really strange, manipulative relationship.

"Things don't particularly work out," she adds of the inevitable post-coital fall-out. Holmes also reveals that Joey's life is further complicated by a new professor (played by One read more

IT DIDN'T LAST

Low ratings have led E! to drop reruns of Last Call with Carson Daly. How low is low, you ask? According to the New York Post, barely more than 100,000 people were watching the repeats. Original Last Calls still run on NBC at 1:35 am/ET. read more

Seven Silly Questions with Phil Keoghan


Survivor may pull in the ratings, but when it comes to critical acclaim, CBS's The Amazing Race is the reality show to beat. Race's mix of adrenaline-pumping action and angsty relationship drama have earned it bragging rights as TV's coolest thrill ride. And let's face it, host Phil Keoghan ain't that bad looking either. To help kick off the globe-trotting series' third edition (airing tonight at 8 pm/ET), Keoghan agreed to answer seven questions that are actually more random than silly.

TV Guide Online: Can you please do something about those cheesy intros during the opening title sequence? Are they intentionally over the top?
Phil Keoghan: I think we're just trying to have some fun — like the shot with Dennis and Andrew [the Baptist father and his gay cheerleader son] where Andr read more

SHORT CUTS

As expected, Elvis: 30 No. 1 Hits has debuted at No. 1 on the album charts with sales of more than 500,000 copies... Danny Huston has backed out as the star of ABC's upcoming Dragnet revival. Producer Dick Wolf is searching for a replacement... CBS is adapting the John Grisham bestseller A Painted House into a Hallmark Hall of Fame movie to air early next year... MTV is developing a TV movie about Napster founder Shawn Fanning... USA Network has greenlit a drama pilot loosely based on the 1996 Arnold Schwarzenegger actioner Eraser... US Weekly reports that read more

NEXT STOP OSCAR?

Jennifer Aniston — fresh off her Emmy win for Friends — is now racking up film honors. The Good Girl leading lady was named actress of the year at the sixth annual Hollywood Film Festival. Road to Perdition's Tom Hanks was singled out as best actor and Minority Report was named best film. Trophies will be doled out on Monday. read more

REUNITED AND IT FEELS SO ODD

Hey, remember Romy and Michele's High School Reunion? No? Well, read this anyway: ABC is mining the woefully underrated 1997 comedy — which co-starred Mira Sorvino and Lisa Kudrow as '80s era party girls — for a two-hour TV movie. Romy and Michele: Behind the Velvet Rope will be a prequel of sorts, with Roswell's Katherine Heigl as Romy and unknown actress Alex Breckenridge as Michele. With casting underway for the other roles, we can't help but wonder: Who could possibly replace Janeane Ga read more

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